From August 31 to September 2, Troop 111 went on a trip to San Simeon state park. Many boys took the opportunity to climb trees, get sign offs done, or both. There was also a 5 mile hike for the boys who needed it for ranks or merit badges. Along with this, the boys in leadership roles of the troop met to hammer out possibly the best, if not most insane, annual schedule our troop has ever had. After the meeting the hikers and leaders all met down at the beach. This was both a fun and productive trip overall.
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On Sunday, June 30, 2019, Troop 111 took a drive to Camp Whitsett, staying for the whole week. The camp offers a wide variety of programs for the scouts, including many different merit badges, such as swimming, archery, and environmental science. One of the programs was the overnight on Wednesday, Scouts hiked to a small field where there were activities such as tug of war, jenga, and foam swords. That night we slept outside under the stars. Another great part of this camp was the waterfront. It had a swimming area, canoes, rowboats, and kayaks. Some scouts also decided to go fishing. On the last day, the Camp Wide Games were held, which had troops competing in activities such as kayaking, swimming, running, and archery, in which Troop 111 came in third place. Overall, it is a great camp, almost as nice as Camp 3 Falls!
On April 27 and 28, the weekend of Camporee for everyone else, Troop 111 took a crew of on another service project. This time, we went to Sycamore Canyon. We helped to clear two hiking trails of plants and repaired them, each on separate days.. That night, we were given tri-tip for dinner and a raffle was held, in which many scouts won prizes such as grills, chairs, and coolers. This trip was a great way to introduce our new scouts to the kind of service projects we do.
On April 6th and 7th, 10 scouts went on a trip to Dome Springs. This particular trip never ran out of things for us to do. Some climbed up a nearby hill, some played in the riverbed, some did both. We even rode in the back of the trucks along trails and through the riverbed. That night, an adult leader prepared a delicious apple cobbler for dessert. This trip was a great way to kick of our newest special team, the Overlanders.
On February 16, we went on a trip to Mt. Pinos. When we arrived, the snow almost entirely covered the picnic tables in the campground. Temperatures got as low as degrees. The scouts made the most of this by sledding down the nearby hills. Dinner went well, and no one was hungry. The night was cold, and some of our water froze even when we kept it in our sleeping bags! Thankfully, we were all warm enough to get some sleep. Unfortunately, we had to leave on Sunday morning because of a nearby snowstorm. Other than that, The trip went well overall.